2017 Kentucky Derby contender Girvin has suffered a quater crack in his right hoof. While not considered an overtly serious condition, the injury could hamper his ability to compete at full strength over the brutal distance of 1 1/4 miles in the first leg of the Triple Crown. Joe Sharp offered more details as his trainer.
“He’s very sound on it now. It’s just one of those deals where we were just monitoring it. And every quarter crack is different,” Sharp began. “This one threw us for a little bit of a turn and we expected it be routine. And obviously, the last thing I wanted to do was throw up a red flag any earlier than needed.”
Girvin was last out winning the Louisiana Derby after claiming victory in the Risen Star as well. With 17/1 odds right now to win the derby according to the KDFW Pool 4 results, the colt essentially factors in as a bit of a longshot despite his success. The quarter crack will definitely hinder his ability to train, but Joe Sharp told the media that he would still be able to get work out of the horse in the final days leading up to the derby.
“I wanted to see how it was going to go. I wanted to see which way it was going to go before I had to get asked about what I thought if we could make it. We are planning on breezing, and as long as he’s able to breeze and come out of it well, he’ll run in the Derby. But if he’s not sound enough to make the breeze, we’re not going to go into the Derby not having breezed in two weeks.”
Unfortunately, this is an injury that Girvin has experience with. The contender has suffered a quarter crack before. “When he popped the last quarter crack, he never missed a day. He was never sore on it. He was great,” Sharp said. “The long and short of it is the quarter crack wasn’t where we wanted it. On Tuesday we weren’t happy with it. So we took him to Raul Bras at Rood & Riddle, we utilized KESMARC’s hyperbaric chamber.”
No decision has been made about how severe the quarter crack will limit Girvin but we’ll keep you updated.